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Etihad CEO comments on 787 fleet integration with airberlin

13-Sep-2012 1:53 PM

Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan commented (12-Sep-2012) on the integration of the airline's Boeing 787 fleet with that of airberlin. Mr Hogan said, "we are sharing infrastructure, streamlining our purchasing activity for engines, rotables, avionics and in-flight entertainment systems, and are also hard at work on common onboard product specifications for our respective brands which will give passengers a consistent product experience." Mr Hogan also said Etihad and Boeing had "constructive discussions" about future plans for the carrier's widebody fleet. Etihad is scheduled to received the first of 41 787s on order in 4Q2014. airberlin has 15 787s currently on order. Etihad is also scheduled to receive seven 777-300ERs and two 777-200Fs over the next 15 months. [more - original PR]